Affordable housing is a key ingredient to help a city thrive, Wolf says

Written by on October 11, 2021

Affordable housing is a key ingredient to help a city thrive, Wolf says

By Tyler Pratt

October 11, 2021

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf speaks at a news conference in Dauphin County on June 29, 2020. Photo | Ed Mahon, PA Post
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Gov. Tom Wolf traveled to Easton Friday to highlight the millions of dollars the state has spent to revitalize what he calls “blighted” areas. 

The question is whether the developments will be affordable.

Easton has changed over the past decade. New developments have popped up across the former 20th-century manufacturing hub. 

Wolf met with Easton’s mayor, the Northampton County executive and developers at a new mixed-use project, The Mill, a former silk mill, on the city’s south side. 

“Sprawling properties that once housed decades-old manufacturing plants have left, leaving, as in the case here, empty buildings and in some cases environmental hazards,” Wolf said.

The state helped fund the construction of 55 affordable housing units on this site. Wolf and Easton’s mayor also said there were 80 luxury apartments being constructed next door. The website of that building, Easton Yards, says they will have 59 apartments.

When questioned about how new mixed use developments may affect property values in the area, Wolf said these may be what many Pennsylvania cities need to thrive.

“You need mixed economic classes, you need all people to come together,” Wolf said. “People who work in the factories as well as people who manage the factories.” 

The new affordable homes are promised to be priced from 20% to 80% of market rate. 

Easton’s average rental price is $1,200 a month, according to nationwide apartment listing service, RentCafe

The Mill’s developer says the affordable housing apartments are slated to open in three months.

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